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Maker(s):Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III); Yamaguchi-ya Tōbei, publisher
Culture:Japanese (1786-1864)
Title:The Actor Bandō Shūka I as Oiso no Tora ('Oiso no Tora Bandō Shūka')
Date Made:1840
Measurements:overall: 14 1/2 in x 10 1/4 in; 36.8 cm x 26.0 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2005.170
Credit Line:Gift of William Green
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

ōban; nishiki-e

Label Text:
Signed middle of lower-left 'Drawn by Gototei Kunisada' ('Gototei Kunisada ga'), a signature the artist used from 1809–1842, and again briefly c. 1845. Bandō Shūka I was a name used by the actor Bandō Mitsgorō V (1812–1855) from c. 1830–1855. This play, entitled 'Shimekazari otakara Soga' was performed at the Ichimura Theatre in Edo (modern-day Tokyo), beginning in early 1840. There is another copy of this print in the Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Tokyo (acc. no. 100-2247). The circular censor's seal, 'kiwame,' to the left of the artist's signature supports this date. The publisher's mark, the thick vertical line accompanied by a black dot immediately to the left of the censor's seal, is that of Yamaguchi-ya Tōbei, a firm located in Bakuro-chō, Edo, and was used from 1780–1860.

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